Caroline, or Change
"Adventurous theater in Astoria"

-- The New York Times

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Directed by Dev Bondarin

 May 2 – 25, 2019

Thursdays & Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 2pm & 8pm

Broccoli Theater
Variety Boys & Girls Club of Queens
21-12 30th Rd @ 21st St, Entrance on 30th Rd.

NOMINEE- Outstanding Production of a Musical



“One of the most gloriously disruptive, completely distinctive musicals of the past 20 years.” (The Observer, 2017)

Set in one of the most turbulent decades in America’s history, the Tony-nominated Caroline, or Change tells the riveting story of a remarkable but uneasy friendship between a young Jewish boy and his family’s Black maid in 1963 Louisiana. The virtuosic score by Jeanine Tesori (Fun Home), which blends blues, gospel and traditional Jewish melodies, creates a breathtaking tapestry for Tony Kushner’s (Angels in America) provocative and deeply moving libretto, which tells the story of a country on the brink of change.


Production History

Caroline, or Change originally opened Off-Broadway at the Public Theater in a production directed by George C. Wolfe in November 2003. It transferred to Broadway in May 2004 with Tonya Pinkins in the title role. The show was critically acclaimed and earned six Tony Award nominations, including Best Musical, and a win for Anika Noni Rose for Best Featured Actress in a Musical.


About the Authors

tonykushner_0Tony Kushner‘s plays include A Bright Room Called Day; Angels In America, Parts One and Two; Slavs!; Homebody/Kabul; and Caroline, or Change, a musical with composer Jeanine Tesori. He has written adaptations of Corneille’s The Illusion, S.Y. Ansky’s The Dybbuk, and Brecht’s The Good Person of Setzuan and Mother Courage and Her Children; as well as the English-language libretto for the opera Brundibar by Hans Krasa. He wrote the screenplay for the Mike Nichols’ film of Angels In America and for Steven Spielberg’s film Munich. Recent books include Brundibar, with illustrations by Maurice Sendak; The Art of Maurice Sendak, 1980 to the Present; and Wrestling With Zion: Progressive Jewish-American Responses to the Palestinian/Israeli Conflict, co-edited with Alisa Solomon.

jeanine-tesori-headshot-color-photo-credit-rodolfo-martinezJeanine Tesori won the Tony Award for Best Original Score with Lisa Kron for the musical Fun Home. She has also written Tony-nominated scores for Twelfth Night at Lincoln Center; Thoroughly Modern Millie (lyrics, Dick Scanlan); Caroline, or Change (lyrics, Tony Kushner); and Shrek The Musical (lyrics, David Lindsay-Abaire). The production of Caroline, or Change at the National Theatre in London received the Olivier Award for Best New Musical. Her 1997 Off-Broadway musical Violet (lyrics, Brian Crawley) opened on Broadway in 2014 and garnered four Tony nominations, including Best Musical Revival. Opera: A Blizzard on Marblehead Neck (libretto, Tony Kushner; Glimmerglass) and The Lion, The Unicorn, and Me (libretto, J. D. McClatchy, Kennedy Center). Music for plays: Mother Courage (dir. George C. Wolfe, with Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline), John Guare’s A Free Man of Color (Lincoln Center Theater, dir. George C. Wolfe), and Romeo and Juliet (Delacorte Gala). Film scores: Nights in Rodanthe, Every Day, and You’re Not You. Ms. Tesori is a member of the Dramatists Guild and was cited by the ASCAP as the first female composer to have two new musicals running concurrently on Broadway. She is the founding artistic director of Encores! Off-Center at New York City Center, and is a lecturer in music at Yale University.


About the Director

rsz_dev-2-1Dev Bondarin recently celebrated her fourth anniversary as APAC’s Artistic Director. APAC directing credits include: Follies (winner of four New York Innovative Theatre Awards including Outstanding Ensemble), Raisin (winner, NY IT Award for Outstanding Musical / nominee, NYIT Award & AUDELCO Award for Best Director), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Astoria Stories, Merrily We Roll Along (winner, NYIT Award for Outstanding Musical), and In The Bones. Other credits: five TheaterWorksUSA National Tours, Elevator Heart (The Tank, NYU New Studio on Broadway), King Lear (American Bard), A Home Across The Ocean (MTWorks). As Associate Artistic Director of Prospect Theater Company, she directs a musical theater lab which has premiered over 75 new, short musicals. Dev was awarded the “Alumni of the Year” Award in May 2018 from the Department of Theater at Brooklyn College where she earned an MFA in Directing. Member: LCT Directors Lab. Associate Member: SDC, League of Professional Theatre Women. BA: Brandeis University.




On Saturday, May 11th, after the 2pm performance, APAC will host a post-matinee talkback featuring members of the Caroline, or Change creative team and cast.


Deirdre Cooper OwensOn Saturday, May 18th, after the 2pm performance, APAC will host a post-matinee discussion led by Dr. Deirdre Cooper Owens. She will discuss the fight for civil rights in the United States, both past and present, and provide some historical context for the musical.

Deirdre Cooper Owens, an award-winning historian and popular public speaker, is an Associate Professor of History at Queens College, CUNY and the Director of the Program in African American History at the Library Company of Philadelphia, the country’s oldest cultural institution. She believes that the job of the historian is to break the chains of ignorance one lecture, one book, one lesson plan at a time. Owens is a proud graduate of two historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), the all-women’s Bennett College and Clark Atlanta University. She earned her Ph.D. in history at UCLA and served as a postdoctoral fellow at UVA. Cooper Owens is the author of the award-winning book, Medical Bondage: Race, Gender, and the Origins of American Gynecology. As one of the country’s most “acclaimed experts in U.S. history,” according to Time Magazine, Cooper Owens is steadily working towards making history more accessible and inspiring for all.



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